Gaviria claims 2nd Tour win on Stage 4, Froome safe in pack

The route around Cholet of the 2018 Tour de France stage 3 team time trial

The big names managed to stay out of the incident, but it was riders Tiesj Benoot and Axel Domont who both suffered badly as a result of the incident - Benoot covered in blood and Domont breaking his shoulder.

White spoke to Cycling Weekly before the Tour de France started and claimed that he believed some GC contender teams could lose two to three minutes over the 33.5 kilometre course.

Jul 10 2018 05:57 pm CET Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) has taken the victory of the fourth stage at the Tour de France.

The Welshman fared better than Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome, who ended up 41st among the pack in Stage 4 to keep the four-time champions 17th overall.

The 23-year-old had already bettered Sagan in a sprint to take the opening stage, amid rising expectations since his four stage victories at last year's Giro d'Italia.

"He's faster than me, but it's OK", Sagan said.

After Quick-Step hunted down the breakaway to set up Gaviria, he powered ahead of the pack with handlebars swinging and crossed just inches ahead of Sagan and Andre Greipel in a close third.

"The Tour has always been a good advert for France and this is one of the stages that will look good on the television", Tour director Christian Proudhomme said at the official unveiling of the route back in October. "He's faster than me and that's okay". And maybe we will see the next days on the climbs.

"It won't be easy with the wind and there are many teams chasing the honour of wearing the jersey", Van Avermaet, who races with Monday's time trial winners BMC, told AFP just ahead of the Tuesday's departure.

Wednesday's fifth stage is a 204.5 km hilly ride from Lorient to Quimper that should favour the one-day Belgian classic specialists such as Van Avermaet.

"We were right up at the front for most of the stage and I wasn't even aware that there had been crashes", Porte said.

The stage, which began in the coastal town of La Baule, saw the quartet of Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Wanty), Jérôme Cousin (Direct Energie) and the Cofidis pair of Dimitri Claeys and Anthony Perez immediately launch a break that was allowed to hold.

The quartet almost made it home after the fall held the peloton up.

French hope Romain Bardet lost a key lieutenant when Ag2r teammate Axel Domont fractured his collarbone in a crash inside the last 5km.

"Tomorrow (stage five) is a hard stage but it is more of a positioning battle".

Global cycling federation president David Lappartient, who also happens to be the mayor of Sarzeau, made a televised appeal for fans to learn from the incident.

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